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This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
This letter was written in 1841 by Fanny Appleton Longfellow and is typical of the type of historic document transcribers work with.


Summary of Position

Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters NHS preserves the home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the world’s foremost 19 th century poets. The site also tells the story of its use as General George Washington’s first headquarters of the American Revolution, from 1775-76. In addition, the park possess a rich and varied collection of artifacts and archival materials, including 450+ linear feet of paper. These are the Longfellow family papers, including journals and letters. The site has an ongoing effort to digitize these materials and make them accessible online. Much of that work is done by digital transcription.

The volunteer will be responsible for transcribing a set of papers in the archives, following standard procedures. This can be done from any computer with a word processing program and an internet connection. Finished transcriptions are then sent back to the site and collected by the Archivist to be reviewed and eventually published.

  • Reliably and accurately transcribes historic documents from digital scans.
  • Engages in self-directed study to increase content knowledge about the site history connected to the transcription project.
  • In addition, volunteer can conduct additional research in order to provide context to the transcription, footnoting their transcriptions as they go.
  • Tracks volunteer hours and project progress, sending email updates and questions to Volunteer Coordinator on a monthly basis.
  • Must have access to a computer with internet, email and a word processor, like Microsoft Word.
  • Volunteer will take required training on how to transcribe, provided by the park. Previous experience is a plus, but not necessary.

This is an unpaid position.


  • History
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Research
  • Google Apps
  • Library Sciences
  • Internet Research

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Requirements & Commitment

  • 2-10 hours a week, but very flexible
  • Must have a computer with a word processor and internet access; ability to read cursive script

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